NJ Politics Digest: Murphy Leads Guadagno by 14 Points in New Poll

Phil Murphy. Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Another poll gives Phil Murphy a double-digit lead in the New Jersey governor’s race with less than two weeks left until the election.

Murphy, the Democratic nominee, is beating Republican Kim Guadagno by 14 points, 51 to 37 percent, according to a Stockton University poll of likely voters released Thursday. That’s a slimmer margin for Murphy compared to a Stockton poll from two weeks ago, when he had an 18-point edge.

But with time running out in the race, Guadagno “would have to claim virtually all of the undecided vote and some of Murphy’s votes to make the race competitive,” said Sharon Schulman, executive director of Stockton’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. Guadagno continued to hammer Murphy on immigration Thursday during a news conference about sanctuary cities.

And attorneys for Sen. Bob Menendez argued for a mistrial of his corruption case, claiming the judge overseeing it skewed the evidence presented to the jury in favor of the prosecution. The senator’s defense said U.S. District Judge William H. Walls created an imbalance in the “weight of evidence.”

Quote of the Day: “I think that what they said in court stands for how I feel.” — Sen. Bob Menendez on his defense’s motion for a mistrial.

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